With her fifth novel, 29-year-old Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller. A play on Snow White ,…
"With her fifth novel, 29-year-old Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storyteller. A play on Snow White, this bizarre fairy tale feels off-kilter and magical from its opening page… The story evolves in transfixing and surprising ways from there, all the while meditating on race and beauty.”
Flavorwire’s list of 2014 female cultural power players features two Riverhead authors — Helen Oyeyemi and Masha Gessen! Check out Helen’s novels, Mr. Fox, White is for Witching, and the forthcoming Boy, Snow, Bird. And check out Masha’s Putin biography, The Man Without a Face, and her newly released book about Pussy Riot, Words Will Break Cement.
“All it takes is one great teacher. For me, growing up, it was Miss Florence Gilliam Birdwell. Reading Michael Sokolove’s DRAMA HIGH and learning about Lou Volpe, at Harry S. Truman High School, made me re-live remembering how much I wanted to be a part of the performing arts community. This is a wonderful book, drama and all. After all, the stakes are high, right? I was riveted beginning to end and highly recommend this unique book. It’s so real. As Stephen Sondheim says, "Art isn’t easy …" — Broadway Legend Kristin Chenoweth is a huge fan of Michael Sokolove’s DRAMA HIGH!”—ALL EYES ON DRAMA HIGH: Richard Jay-Alexander Talks About Michael Sokolove’s Fantastic New Book
“"In his uplifting Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of TheaterNew York Times Magazine writer Michael Sokolove goes back to his suburban high school to profile the best teacher he had - the indomitable Lou Volpe, who for 40 years ran such a demanding and provocative theater program that the school was routinely selected to test-run adaptations of Broadway shows looking to break into the high school market (“Spring Awakening"; "Rent"). It would at first seem like “Drama High” will hew to a "Glee"-like narrative, but Sokolove (disclosure: a friend of mine) surprisingly and tenderly peels back the essence and commitment of the high school theater experience. He also charts Volpe’s slow not-quite-coming-out process and, at one point, brings up a central heartbreak: How the most eager (and probably gay) boys in drama club are never as desirable to the director as the idea of the jock who forsakes varsity athletics to audition for the leading-man role." - Hank Stuever, author of Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present”—The Best LGBT Books of 2013: 92 Writers Name Their Favorites - Band of Thebes
President Obama Shops Indie...and chooses Riverhead!
"President Barack Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, went on what has become an annual book shopping spree on Saturday, stopping at a bookstore to promote an event called Small Business Saturday.
The First Family, in casual dress, stopped traffic in Politics and Prose, a tiny locally-owned store in Northwest Washington. They took time to mingle with camera-phone wielding shoppers before heading to the checkout. They purchased about two dozen books, including “The Lowland,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: Other stories” by Carson McCullers, “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews, and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini."